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Burak Erdim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Architecture, Coordinator - Graduate Concentration in the History and Theory of Architecture

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Burak Erdim teaches lecture and seminar courses on the history of modernity, modern architecture, and urbanism as well as graduate and undergraduate studios. He is also the coordinator of the Graduate Concentration in the History and Theory of Architecture. His research examines the operations of transnational networks of housing and planning during the twentieth century within contexts of decolonization, national liberation, and globalization, as well as in relation to discourses and political economies of development. His book, Landed Internationals: Planning Cultures, the Academy, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (University of Texas Press, 2020), examines how postwar encounters in housing and planning transformed the dynamics of international development and challenged American modernity. He is a contributor to Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative’s next project entitled, Systems and the South. He also serves on the editorial board of Southern Cultures.

Erdim’s research has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon initiative in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks (fall 2016), the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture at MIT (spring 2017), and the Fulbright Program (2007-8). Prior to joining NC State, Erdim received his Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia and taught as a visiting assistant professor at Mississippi State University.


  • ARC 441/590: History of Contemporary Architecture
  • ARC 545-001: Reading Architecture: Methods of Interpretation in Architectural History
  • ARC 590-010: Global Modernisms: Architectures and Landscapes of Development
  • ARC 590-000: Jerusalem / Istanbul, with Annabel Wharton, Ph.D., Duke University
  • ARC 590-007: Mediterranean Cities: Modernism in the Mediterranean and the Middle East
  • ARC 590-012: Architecture and Modernity
  • ARC 201: Architectural Design – Form
  • ARC 202: Architectural Design – Environment
  • ARC 402/503: Advanced Architectural Studio: Cultural Landscapes and the Built Environment


PhD in Art and Architectural History University of Virginia 2012

Master of Architecture University of Virginia 2005

Master of Architectural History University of Virginia 2004

Bachelor of Architecture Mississippi State University 1995